Saturday, May 5, 2018

"Scripture Says It's Profitable, Not Sufficient," Answering A Roman Catholic Apologetic Against Sola Scriptura

  • Presenting The Scripture Passage In Question:
          -"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • Following Is A Standard Retort That One Should Expect From Roman Catholic Apologists In Response To The Citation Of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 As Biblical Evidence For Sola Scriptura:
          -"It will be as a result of those four ends (i.e. teaching, reproving, correction, and instruction in righteousness) that makes one perfect and ready for every good work, not the Scriptures. The reason why the author said PROFITABLE to achieve those four ends is because Scripture is not sufficient to achieve those four ends which will make one perfect to do every good work."
  • Explaining Why The "Profitable Does Not Mean Sufficient" Argument Against 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Does Not Hold Water: 
          -If the Scripture equips the faithful servant of God for "every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17), then it logically follows that Scripture alone is a sufficient spiritual standard for the Christian church. That very clearly spells out formal sufficiency.
          -If Catholics want to emphasize the word "profitable" in 2 Timothy 3:16, then why not also place a special emphasis on the word "good" in John 10:11-14 to argue that Jesus Christ is merely a "good" shepherd (which would be utterly blasphemous)?
          -This Catholic apologetic does not negate the Apostle Paul's conclusion in verse seventeen. In other words, it nevertheless remains a fact that Scripture equips us for every good work. Remember, Scripture was also breathed out directly by God. In using that term, the Apostle Paul was simply defining the purpose of Scripture. He was not using the term to limit the authoritative status of scriptural authority, at all.

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